Thurrott Daily: June 6

Thurrott Daily: June 6

Tech tidbits from around the web.

6/6/2016 4:08:56 PM

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Microsoft Planner is now available to Office 365 commercial customers

Microsoft’s new Planner solution is now available.

Over the next several weeks, Planner will roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. This includes Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans.

All users with eligible subscription plans will automatically see the Planner tile appear in the Office 365 app launcher when it is available for them to use. No specific action by Office 365 admins is needed.

Planner is a new and improved way for businesses, schools and organizations to structure teamwork easily and get more done. With Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.

You can learn more in this Microsoft Planner Overview video.

Announcing the first ever Office Insider Fast update for Mac Insiders

Microsoft has announced the first Fast ring update for Office Insider for Mac.

Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of our first Office Insider Fast build to Office 2016 for Mac Insiders. (In the upcoming months, we plan to release Insider Fast builds to other platforms, too, so if you’re not a Mac user, don’t feel left out!)

Office Insider Fast is a new option is for those who want to use the earliest builds possible to improve quality and influence features. Office Insider Fast is best suited for those who don’t mind the risks inherent in using unsupported builds. We aim to release Insider Fast builds to Mac Insiders on a weekly basis, although we’ll hold builds that don’t meet the quality bar.

Check out the post for info on how to sign-up for the Fast ring.

Are we stuck with two smart phone platforms?

Back when Stephen Elop took over Nokia and pledged his company’s support for Windows phone, the question was whether the market would support a third ecosystem behind Android and iOS. That question appears to be settled, with Windows phone, Blackberry, and several less well-established players all falling right off a cliff. So I’m not sure why this guy from Forbes is even wondering about this topicat this point.

Does the market really need a third OS?

Nope. Time to move on. Pointless.

Six more Xbox 360 games hit Xbox One Backwards compatibility

Daily Express reports:

Xbox One fans can now play [the Xbox 360 games] Domino Master, DuckTales: Remastered, Hexic 2, Magic 2012, Unbound Saga and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

June 7 will see these games go live on the online marketplace: Skate 2, Fable Anniversary and Halo 3 ODST: Campaign Edition.

Facebook denies that it’s recording you all the time

You’d think that this age of inter-connectivity would result in fewer stupid urban legends, but no. So this week, Facebook had to explain that it isn’t secretly recording everything you do on your phone.

Facebook does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed. Some recent articles have suggested that we must be listening to people’s conversations in order to show them relevant ads. This is not true. We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about.

We only access your microphone if you have given our app permission and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio. This might include recording a video or using an optional feature we introduced two years ago to include music or other audio in your status updates.


Amazon app disappears from Windows Phone Store search

Because we needed more bad news about Windows phone.MSPowerUser explains:

Amazon’s Windows Phone app is no longer showing up in the search results of the Windows Store. If you are trying to install the app by searching for it in the Store, you will not be able to find it unless you have a direct link to the app. It seems like Amazon has made the app private, and the company is allowing users to download it if they have a direct link to it.

Here’s the direct link.

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